Addressing Climate Change

The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson is committed to addressing climate change through local mitigation efforts and resiliency planning. The Village has undertaken a number of initiatives and actions to reduce the effects of climate change on our community, and is proud to be a bronze-certified member of the NY State Climate Smart Communities program and a Clean Energy Community as designated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). 
Mitigating climate change and building community resilience in our Village
What you can do to make a difference: local initiatives

Explore the links below. Residents and businesses can participate in to these Conservation Commission programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help build community resiliency. 

Energy Working Group programs: Use less energy and electrify. Get a free home energy audit through HeatSmart and take advantage of new HVAC equipment incentives. Learn about Hastings' Community Choice Aggregation plan via Westchester Power, which supplies 100% green electricity to Hastings residents.

Land Care: You and your landscaper can reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing the use of gas powered equipment and chemical inputs on your property and by mulching leaves in place. Learn how on our website. In addition, habitat destruction is impacting our ecology's resiliency in the face of climate change. "Unlawn" your yard and plant pollinating natives! Click for more info.

Hillside Woods Restoration Project: Hillside Woods mitigates climate change and helps keep our air clean. The trees in Hillside Woods remove about 84 tons of carbon out of the air each year, equivalent to the CO2 produced by burning about 8,500 gallons of gasoline. We're working on an ambitious habitat restoration project. Volunteers welcome!

Solid Waste: Hastings' municipal trash is incinerated. Create less trash, produce less CO2. Click on link for how to Recycle Right, compost food scraps, make less waste and what to do with household hazardous waste.

Educate Yourself. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the original Earth Day, and due to the pandemic, we're offering a series of informational sessions on sustainability topics, presented by local experts.

Volunteer. Get more involved by lending a hand.

More things you can do: useful links

National and Government Organizations

Local and Regional Organizations

Please Contact us with your questions and ideas!